University Chapel is the campus ministry site for the Episcopal and Lutheran Churches in Berkeley — but we’re more than that. We strive to be a home for students and young adults who are looking for a way to connect sacred stories, meaningful rituals and contemporary life.
This is why we have created a space which is progressive and thoughtful in which to celebrate “ancient traditions, intellectual curiosity, and hopeful faith.”
We build our campus ministry around two meals: communion and community. The meal of Holy Communion (Eucharist) is a ritual and mystical meal in the sanctuary with bread and wine in which we discover the real presence of the Christ resurrected. Our meal of community follows worship when we gather for sharing and friendship downstairs around a large table filled with a vegan feast prepared by our Chef Erika.
Throughout the year we also have many other ways to connect you with friends, spiritual growth and meaning in a busy student life.
University Chapel openly celebrates and welcomes diversity of all sorts and affirms that queerness and sexual orientations are not a hindrance and can enhance living out the Christian life.
Here’s some of what’s happening this fall…..
- “Magnificat” — Thursday Eucharist at 6:30 pm, followed by a dinner
- “Heavenwisen” @ International House on the 1 Tuesday a month (faith & life conversation)
- Reel Theology (movies & discussion), Bootcamp (campus ministry strategy), Study Hall
- A winter retreat at St. Dorothy’s Rest or Lake Tahoe
- Lutheran Sunday worship at 10:30 at the Chapel
- Episcopal Sunday worship at churches in the neighborhood at different times (Good Shepherd-11, St. Mark – 8&10, All Souls – 8&10, St. Clements – 8&10)
University Chapel staff includes:
Sitraka F. Andriamanantenasoa, Episcopal Service Corps | Sitraka is the Episcopal Service Corps fellow for the Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry @ Cal. He is from many places. He is all about ambiguity, food, and LOVE. He believes in the importance of style, substance, and sass. Email Sitraka
The Rev. Jeff Johnson, Lutheran Campus Pastor | Jeff loves being a pastor at the Chapel, the Lutheran liturgy, mystery novels, everything “happy Danes” love, rewiring my house, collecting old family photos, cooking gigantic meals for friends, and taking about everything political, religious, controversial. Lives with Pepe, his partner in a ’28 house in Oakland. Email Jeff
Tom Poynor, Episcopal Chaplain | Tom is the Episcopal Chaplain to Berkeley and also the program director for the Episcopal Service Corps – has just gotten back into bike riding and is quite happy with that thank you very much. He also enjoys a wide swath of music and is quite indiscriminate in a love of visual art, architecture and cinema. So yeah…basically the obnoxious right brain sort in a left brain campus. He is fascinated by intersections, between religion, philosophy, art and pop culture. In fact, he loves it so much that he studies it too. And then as a corrective to everything written above, Tom likes, needs and lives on coffee. So have coffee with him. Email Tom